The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge (https://www.fws.gov/refuge/parker_river/) is a favorite spot for me. I volunteer in the visitor center, and I wander in the refuge to absorb the beauty. While it is a birding paradise, the attraction for me is a sense of peace.
The 6-mile long beach is a nesting area for the endangered piping plovers. Each year on April 1st the entire beach is closed for the nesting season, reopening months later when the birds are finished with it.
I love walking on the beach in the winter when there are more birds than people populating it. At this time of year I know I need to get my fill of beach walking at Parker River so I usually try to visit several times in March. Yesterday was one of those days.
I arrived about an hour after low tide. That meant I had to pay attention to the ocean as I walked close to the beach / water boundary - the temperature of both the air and water was too cold to chance wet feet!